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Heads of the Class

11 Professors Students Love

At Carthage, some of your most meaningful relationships will be with the people who push you hardest. Here are 11 professors students say challenged their thinking, opened their minds, and changed their lives.

1. Kimberly Greene, Art

“As a working artist who is well-versed in many media, she encourages students to play and explore with familiar and unfamiliar materials. From her, I have learned to not underestimate what my hands are capable of creating, and to embrace confusion and unfamiliarity.” — Sonia Vazquez ’17, art major
Read more about Prof. Greene

2. Edward Montanaro, Modern Languages and Economics

“It is almost impossible for me to choose a favorite professor because all of my professors at Carthage have had a huge impact on me. If I had to choose, I’d say that Prof. Montanaro has been the most helpful to me as he continues to push me to exceed even my own expectations.” — Jessie Bingman ’16, Chinese and Spanish major
Read more about Prof. Montanaro

3. Jean Quashnock (Dr. Q), Physics

“My favorite professor would have to be Prof. Jean Quashnock. I have had two classes taught by Dr. Q, and it never ceases to amaze me how high-energy his lectures can be, and they are always paired with interactive labs and group studio problems. He can get important physics lessons and theorems across to his students in a fun way, yet still have them successfully retained.” — Daisy Bower ’16, physics and mathematics major
Read more about Prof. Quashnock

4. Jacqueline Easley, Education

“Jacqueline Easley has definitely had a positive impact on my Carthage career. Her passion and enthusiasm for teaching is immeasurable. She continuously challenges me to think outside of the box and pushes me to be the best teaching candidate I can be. I know I can count on her for guidance both now and in the future.” — Natalie Miller ’16, elementary education major
Read more about Prof. Easley 

5. Corinne Ness, Music

“Having Corinne Ness as a mentor and vocal professor has changed my life and trajectory as a performer. She runs our program with grace and passion, and manages to take care of each of her students’ individual needs. She has helped me grow as a performer and as a human. I am forever grateful for the impact she has made on my journey here at Carthage.” — Macee Jo Mueller ’16, theatre performance and music theatre major
Read more about Prof. Ness

6. Amareshwar Singh, Biology

“My favorite professor is Amareshwar Singh. I enrolled in his Cancer Biology course my freshman year. He is very down-to-earth and he is doing great things in the cancer research field, as well as staying connected and helping to inspire students like me!” — Chelsea Reuter ’16, chemistry major
Read more about Prof. Singh


7. Leslie Cameron, Psychological Science

“Not only is Leslie Cameron my advisor, she is a wonderful professor. She brings an energy and excitement to learning that makes me want to attend her class. Hers is at 8 a.m., so to inspire me enough to go to an early course says a lot. She is understanding, helpful, and a wonderful professor. She has helped me out so much with my major. I am privileged to know her.” — Dara Zucker ’16, psychology major
Read more about Prof. Cameron

8. Timothy Eckert, Chemistry

“Prof. Eckert was my professor for Organic Chemistry 1. I had heard a lot of horror stories about Organic Chemistry from other people and was nervous about taking it. From day one, Dr. Eckert made the lectures fun and informative. I found that with his way of teaching, I was grasping the different concepts quickly and was able to apply them to the homework. Prof. Eckert’s love for Organic Chemistry and method of teaching allowed me to enjoy Organic 1 while learning a lot. After taking his class, I have started considering becoming an organic chemist.” — Tina Mihm ’17, chemistry major
Read more about Prof. Eckert 

9. Tracy Gartner, Environmental Science, Biology and Geography

“Prof. Gartner is one of my favorites for always supporting me and being enthusiastic about life.” — Garrett Fales ’16, environmental science and religion major
Read more about Prof. Gartner

10. Mimi Yang, Modern Languages and Asian Studies

“Many of the professors I’ve had were fantastic and they have helped me in so many ways. I do have to make a special shout-out to Mimi Yang for helping me grow and mature here at Carthage. She has helped me in so many ways, and I am glad that Carthage offers such supportive staff.” — Jeremy Chapnick ’16, Chinese major
Read more about Prof. Yang

11. Rick Matthews, Sociology and Criminal Justice

“Rick Matthews is by far the greatest professor I have ever had. I took Juvenile Delinquency and it changed my life. He has a fresh perspective on everything and is not afraid to be social with his students. He teaches in a way that does not even feel like he is lecturing. He involves students and talks to them as his colleagues, not as subordinates, and really makes students feel respected. I love his stories because they always have meaning and cause me to reevaluate something new in my life each time I hear one. He is the professor who made me realize I wanted to work in human resources.” — Andrea Miranda ’16, sociology major
Read more about Prof. Matthews

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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